In the foot­steps of Bo­rat

Learn­ings await

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

A Tawa teacher and his fiancee are pack­ing up and mov­ing to a coun­try best known for Bo­rat, the 2006 mock­u­men­tary film.

Ja­son Doyle, 28, and Shayna Gard­ner, 26, are both maths teach­ers; Doyle at Tawa Col­lege and Gard­ner at St Patrick’s Col­lege Welling­ton.

Next month they are tak­ing leave from their jobs to work at a new spe­cialised maths and sci­ence school in Kaza­khstan.

The cou­ple have wanted to work over­seas for sev­eral years.

China was their first choice, but they had trou­ble find­ing a school that would take them both.

A school in Kaza­khstan’s cap­i­tal city of As­tana of­fered Doyle and Gard­ner jobs, but they didn’t take the op­por­tu­nity straight away.

The John­sonville res­i­dents said they had never thought of work­ing in Kaza­khstan.

‘‘We wanted to go some- where dif­fer­ent.

‘‘We re­searched it be­fore we said yes,’’ Doyle said.

‘‘It didn’t look as bad as we thought it was go­ing to be.’’

Gard­ner said they would not be men­tion­ing the well­known com­edy film about a Kazakh tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, Bo­rat Sagdiyev, who vis­ited the United States to make a doc­u­men­tary.

‘‘We aren’t al­lowed to say that over there.

‘‘ Ap­par­ently they hate the movie,’’ she said.

Gard­ner joked there would be no pres­sure teach­ing in the new specialist school.

‘‘ We are teach­ing the bright­est of the bright­est kids in the whole coun­try.’’

The cou­ple plan to travel in their hol­i­days and spend Christ­mas in Europe.

Their Welling­ton jobs are be­ing held for when they re­turn next year.

Ad­ven­ture ahead: Ja­son

Doyle, 28, and Shayna Gard­ner, 26, are mov­ing to


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